After a busy and fun-filled summer (I got to stick my feet in the Gulf of Mexico AND the Pacific Ocean!), the richness and slower pace of Fall is most welcome.
The change of seasons is not something external to us, it is completely in rhythm with us (or us with it). It is not merely a coincidence that the shorter, cooler days invite us to slow down, eat heartier foods and become more contemplative and introspective. It is Nature’s reminder to us to honor our own internal cycles and rhythms by preparing for the restfulness of Winter.
When we see the leaves begin to change, we may walk or drive a little slower, stop more often and just be, taking in the majesty of it all. We may feel compelled to journal, create art, pick up a hobby long-forgotten or begin a new course of study. We should honor these urges, as they are the soul food we need to keep ourselves in tune with internal and external rhythms.
My Top 5 Tips (and Favorite Things to Do)
to Embrace the Transition of Seasons!
1) Harvest the garden goodies and preserve!
Now is the time to get back out into the yard and round up the last of the tomatoes and peppers, squash and cruciferous veggies, potatoes and onions. There is nothing like working in the kitchen surrounded by the aroma of gently simmering tomato sauce on the stovetop while canning peppers, tomatoes and more! It is a lot of work, but you WILL thank yourself on that cold day in February when you can reach into the pantry for a taste of summer!
2) Get outside!
I know I say this all year round, but that’s because it’s always a good idea! However, there is something incredibly magical about a stroll through the forest, crunching leaves underfoot, whispers of reds, oranges, greens and golden hues overhead. Nature is the ultimate medicine, so pick your favorite park, grab a buddy or go solo and make it happen!
3) Clean up your diet and eat seasonally!
After weddings, graduation parties, barbecues and before the rich foods of the holiday season arrive is the perfect time to check in with your diet, digestion and energy level. No extreme cleanse is necessary! Eliminating or reducing refined sugars and carbohydrates, dairy, caffeine and alcohol and making sure you are getting plenty of fresh root vegetables, greens, squash and seasonal fruits like apples will help you clean up your internal environment and get you feeling like your old (new) self. Adding in complimentary therapies and self-care routines such as massage, yoga, infrared saunas, colon hydrotherapy and mineral baths will enhance your detoxifying results.
4) Read, write, journal!
Ok, I admit, I do this year round, too, but feel especially compelled to do so when I can snuggle under a warm blanket on the couch with my kitties. Something about the crispness of the autumn air awakens my curious mind to reflect, create and learn.
5) Massage Therapy and Essential Oils!
Autumn is the perfect time to support your immune system and nervous systems with the ultra-relaxing Raindrop Technique massage. I am going to help you out with that last one by bringing back a very popular Massage Therapy Special!…
Raindrop Technique Massage for only $90! (regularly $115)
Now through December 31st, 2015.
*Mention this offer when scheduling.
So schedule some “you” time and experience the zen-like Raindrop Technique Massage for yourself!
Happy Autumn Days!